Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services (EMASS) provides outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs to men and women struggling with chemical dependency. The organization has locations in Green, Lawrence and Montgomery counties and works in conjunction with the Missouri court system, primarily with DWI offenders, though they also accept self-referred clients. Once clients have completed treatment, they are encouraged to participate in the EMASS aftercare program.
Treatment and Staff
Because EMASS works so closely with Missouri’s court system, it is required to offer specific treatment including individual and group counseling and 12-step meetings. The two treatment tracks are standard outpatient and IOP, to which clinicians assign individual clients, based on the client’s needs.
Standard outpatient treatment lasts for six to eight weeks, depending on the needs of each client. Clients are expected to complete 50 hours of treatment before they are ready to graduate or move into aftercare. The IOP program requires a minimum of 75 hours of treatment over the course of 90 days. Within IOP is a specialized track called the Serious Offender program, which offers the same programming but for court-ordered clients. Those in IOP stay for five to seven weeks.
Therapy group sizes are limited by the state of Missouri to 12 clients or less per group, though education-based groups can hold up to 30 clients. In the education groups, clients are taught about the effects of alcohol, life skills and how a DWI can affect their lives.
Clients are required to attend off-site AA/NA meetings—men and women in the six-week standard outpatient program must attend at least three. Serious Offender group members are required to attend 12-step meetings at least once a week.
Clients attend individual therapy sessions based on need, although they receive at least one session per week. Serious Offender clients take part in two individual sessions weekly. Group therapy is focused on both education and treatment.
Those who continue on to aftercare are required to attend one meeting a week for 12 weeks. The clinician who heads the aftercare group decides on the meeting agenda, although the format is flexible. Topics can include relapse triggers, relapse prevention and life skills.
Although its main focus is working with clients facing DWI charges, EMASS also provides IOP and regular outpatient services to clients who aren’t involved with the court system. While its scope of treatment is relatively limited, EMASS remains a good resource for those in need in eastern Missouri.
Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services
8 Westbury Dr, Ste B
St. Charles, MO 63301
Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services Cost: Varies by program. Reach Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services by phone at (636) 946-2815.
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